Trail culture

Listening and Believing in our Outdoor Experiences

The PCTA is sponsoring Crystal’s Footprints for Change Hike for Justice this summer on the Pacific Crest Trail portion of the Great Western Loop. Crystal is sharing her experience to encourage members of the PCT community to become more aware and more mindful of ourselves. We hope that you respect ... Read more

Imagining the PCT in a changed climate

Editor’s note: The following article by Julio Araujo appeared in our Communicator magazine in 2017. We thought it was prescient, as aspects of the scenario the author predicted three years ago are happening now. On May 4, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially shifted the baseline for “normal” ... Read more

Congrats to the 2021 PCTA Photo Contest Winners

We’re happy to present the winners of this year’s photo contest. It’s been a long year since the pandemic began in March of 2020. For many of us, it was a lost season on the PCT—and we sustained our love for the trail through photos and videos. Though it was ... Read more

An apology to the BIPOC community

On July 17, 2020, we received an open letter from BIPOC hikers addressing our “delayed, anemic, and incorrect responses to racist posts” within the Facebook group. The letter also named “failing to address your organization’s diversity issues in staffing, executive leadership, and board of directors,” which has “contributed to perpetuating ... Read more